University of Houston

Women in Physics Society

The Women in Physics Society at University of Houston (WiPS-UH) aims to facilitate camaraderie among the women in the department, reach out to the youth in Houston to inspire them to pursue a career in STEM [...]

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OUR MISSION MC2


  • MOTIVATE: Serve as a central organization where women in physics and related areas, from all career levels, come together to discuss topics in the field and uplift each other in their career trajectories.
  • CONNECT: Provide an inclusive and safe environment to women from different cultural, socio-economic or other diverse backgrounds, to share their unique experiences and build connections that will be helpful in the future.
  • CONSTRUCT: Help build the community around us by sparking an interest and passion for STEM careers in the youth. We have conducted outreach programs in surrounding Houston schools and communities.
University of Houston is the second most ethnically diverse major research university in the United States. Additionally, the Department of Physics at UH is one of a small number of universities in the nation, awarding 30% or more of its Ph.D. degrees to women, according to a report by American Institute of Physics. We are fortunate to be a part of a diverse group of people. We, at WiPS-UH, are committed towards building a stronger community that resonates with our mission. We aim to encourage career development and retention of more women in STEM through our social events, career workshops and outreach activities. In 2020, WiPS-UH received the American Physical Society (APS) Women in Physics Group Grants to expand our reach as a group.



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Spotlight Series

Spotlight Series

*** Submissions that support the recruitment and retention of women in STEM, are encouraged from ALL, irrespective of gender. Share your research, awards, perspectives with us at wips@central.uh.edu or DM us on Twitter @wips_UH.***

Debora Mroczek



October 20, 2021: This month we are featuring Debora Mroczek, a former WiPS member and a recent graduate from Claudia Ratti's group. She is currently pursuing a PhD in physics from the Department of Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is interested to learn about the physics that governs strongly interacting matter in extreme density conditions -- such as the quark-gluon plasma created in low-energy ultra-relativistic heavy-ion collisions, or the matter in the core of neutron stars. In this interview she talks about her work, shares valuable suggestions from her time at University of Houston and talks about the issue of under-representation of minority backgrounds. Click below to give it a read!

News & Events

News & Events

Upcoming Events & Announcements 2021


Oct 4 & Nov 11

WiPS-UH is collaborating with UH-SACNAS for the Research Symposium event that will help undergraduate students in STEM to prepare for scientific presentations. Grad student members will give useful tips. Be there! Details in poster.

Sep 22

Every year the women faculty in physics invites graduate students and postdocs for a lunch to discuss any issues and celebrate achievements. This year we are hosting a hybrid Welcome Luncheon. Join us on Teams.

Aug 23 - Deadline extended

Did you pick up digital painting as a hobby? Help us design our logo and win a $30 gift card. Send your logo before October 15, 2021.

Resources

Resources

Find out about fellowships, groups and outreach. For more info, go to resources.

Women in Physics

APS is committed to encouraging the recruitment, retention, and career development of women physicists at all levels.

SACNAS-UH

Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science is dedicated to fostering the success of diverse scientists.

Nature Careers Podcast

Working Scientist is Nature Careers' podcast that features interviews from experts in the field and highlights diverse career issues.

National Society of Black Physicists

NSBP is the largest organization devoted to the growth, development, and advancement of the African-American physics community.

American Association of University Women

AAUW is a non-profit organization that advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, and research.

Sexual and gender minorities

LGBT+ physicists is a website with resources for scientists who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, as well as other sexual and gender minorities.

People

People

Get to know our leadership team, graduate student and faculty members.

Leadership Team


Ananya Mondal

5th year graduate student
Morrison group, Department of Physics
University of Houston

President & Webmaster 21-22

amondal2@uh.edu

Jamie Karthein

5th year graduate student
Ratti group, Department of Physics
University of Houston

Vice President 21-22

jmstafford@uh.edu

Lilly Schaffer

4th year graduate student
Varghese group, Department of Physics
University of Houston

Treasurer 21-22, 20-21

laschaffer2@uh.edu

Dr. Claudia Ratti

Associate Professor
Department of Physics, University of Houston.

Chapter Advisor 21-22, 20-21

cratti@uh.edu

Vidushi Adlakha

Graduate Student
Department of Physics, University of Houston.

President 20-21

Keea Healey

Graduate Student
Department of Physics, University of Houston.

Vice President 20-21

Members


Graduate Students

Anjaly Sasikumar Menon, Yuchen Peng, Nosheen Younas, Fengjiao Pan, Tania Ghosh, Jamie M Karthein, Chamini Shammi Pathiraja Mudiyanselage, Ana Gonzalez Romero, Ling-Hua Chang, Atrayee Sarkar, Lilly A Schaffer, Raquel E Quishpe, Negin Alizadeh, Deepa Guragain, Navmi A Naik, Ananya Mondal.

Faculty

Mini Das, Lisa W Koerner, Donna Stokes, Shuo Chen, Claudia Ratti, Rebecca Forrest, Sladjana Maric.

Undergraduate Students

Members of Society of Physics Students (SPS) at UH are also welcome to join our group.

Gallery

Gallery

  • All
  • 2021-22
  • 2020-21
  • Past events

October 12, 2021 || Fengjiao, Nosheen & Anjaly join the team. They meet with Ananya, Jamie and Lilly to plan the upcoming events. We also enjoyed Fengjiao's delicious cupcakes!

October 4, 2021 || WiPS-UH collaborated with student organization, UH-SACNAS, for the Undergraduate STEM Research Symposium Info Session. Ananya presented her research on the physics of biopolymers and interacted with undergrads students in STEM.

September 22, 2021 || Hybrid Welcome Luncheon Fall 2021 was organised by WiPS-UH to meet the women grad students, postdocs, faculty and staff in the physics department. An event celebrating the research and achievements of women in STEM.

September 22, 2021 || Hybrid Welcome Luncheon Fall 2021 was organised by WiPS-UH to meet the women grad students, postdocs, faculty and staff in the physics department. An event celebrating the research and achievements of women in STEM.

July 15, 2021 || Virtual Meet of WiPS-UH chapter advisor, Dr. Claudia Ratti and new officers (Lilly, Jamie and Ananya).

Feb 23, 2020 || Dr. Margaret Cheung was the inaugural speaker at UH-Rice women in physics distinguished lecture series.

Feb 19, 2020 || Ananya Mondal, graduate student in Morrison group, received the Biophysical Society (BPS) Travel Award 2020. She presented a poster titled 'Inhomogeneous forces in semiflexible biopolymers' at the BPS 64th Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA.

Feb 23, 2020 || Vidushi Adlakha, graduate student from physics department, is introducing WiPS-UH and motivating high school students at Chávez High School, Houston, to pursue careers in STEM.

Feb 23, 2020 || Dr. Rebecca Forrest at Chávez High School's outreach visit with WiPS-UH.

April 10, 2019 || Lunch & Learn: The women faculty of the Physics Department at UH have invited the women graduate students and postdocs for a lunch to discuss any issue or curiosity about being a woman in physics. This was also an occasion to celebrate Vidushi Adlakha, one of our graduate students who received the UH Teaching Excellence Award.

April 10, 2019 || Vidushi Adlakha, graduate student from physics department, with the UH Teaching Excellence Award.

October 11, 2018 || Lunch & Learn: The women faculty of the Physics Department have invited the women students and postdocs for a lunch to discuss any issue or curiosity about being a woman in physics

Summer, 2018 || Jamie Stafford, a graduate student from physics department, attended the 2018 National Nuclear Physics Summer School at Yale University, where she presented a poster on "Freeze-out parameters from net-kaon fluctuations at RHIC" about the research project that she is conducting in the Nuclear Theory Group at UH. Her presentation was selected as best poster out of more than 40 participants.

September 27, 2017 || Lunch & Learn: The women faculty of the Physics Department have invited the women students and postdocs for a lunch to discuss any issue or curiosity about being a woman in physics.

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Our Address

Department of Physics, University of Houston
Science & Research Building 1 (Rm 617), 3507 Cullen Blvd, Houston, TX 77204

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